A Peoria Park District Facility

Internship opportunities

The Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum is a children’s museum located in Glen Oak Park. The PlayHouse offers 8,000 square feet of exhibit space with hands-on, interactive exhibits which showcase the industry, culture, and natural environment of Peoria and Central Illinois. In addition to permanent exhibits, the PlayHouse also offers a number of workshops and programs for families, kids, and adults.
Successful interns are innovative thinkers and leaders who are outgoing to possess a commitment to diversity and excellent customer service in support of PlayHouse goals.


Please complete the PlayHouse Intern Application Form  to apply for PlayHouse Internships. (PDF version of the form is available here.) Contact Jake Guzan at jguzan@peoriaparks.org with additional questions.




  • Help promote the museum and boost social media through posts that connect the museum mission and programs to trending / popular topics.
  • Set goals for views, engagement, and conversion rates on social media and in e-blasts.
  • Review social media, constant contact, and website data to improve marketing.
  • Make recommendations for social media content creation that account for a small museum’s realistic capacity.
  • Help create systems that will continue to support and boost the museum in the future.
  • Work with marketing and data expert advisors from around the country; help engage and grow this group through active listening and feedback, and strong follow up.
  • Attend PlayHouse staff and marketing meetings (by Zoom).
  • Be an active member of a small but highly engaged and collaborative team.


  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Coursework and experience in marketing, in particular on digital platforms.
  • Knowledge of and experience in social platform analytics, and how to use these to inform marketing strategies.
  • Interest in the work of children’s museums / community non-profits. Previous museum experience is not required.
  • All intern placements are contingent upon the successful completion of screening requirements including a background check. Please be sure to fill out application in addition to sending resume and cover letter.


Mid-May - mid-August (flexible). Summer interns are expected to work between 20 and 25 hours per week.




  • Edit virtual program videos and other videos as needed. Examples can be seen here and here.
  • Work with volunteer participants and PlayHouse staff to improve videos as we go along.
  • Upload videos to PlayHouse files, YouTube, and Facebook.
  • Research and find additional photos/ images as needed for use in videos.
  • May also include:
    • Possibly coach children and/or parents as needed on video creation for the PlayHouse Times.
    • Assist with preparations for a virtual summer camp.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Some experience editing videos.
  • Knowledge of and access to video editing software.
  • Interest in videos for children and families, and/or museum and cultural video programming.
  • The ability to complete tasks independently.
  • The ability to communicate clearly both in conversation and through the video medium.
  • Able to work collaboratively and receive feedback and make changes to work.
  • Previous museum experience is not required.
  • Applicants must be upper-level undergraduate (sophomore, junior or senior) or graduate level.
  • All intern placements are contingent upon the successful completion of screening requirements including a background check. Please be sure to fill out application in addition to sending resume and cover letter.


Mid-May - mid-August (flexible). Summer interns are expected to work between 15 and 20 hours per week.




  • Coordinate field trips, including:
    • Communicate with teachers interested in booking field trips.
    • Complete field trip bookings in museum calendar and in the museum’s booking system.
    • Assist in setup and facilitation of interactive field trip experiences, including leading selected field trips.
  • Assist with education events and programs; design activities or components of programs.
  • Assist with booking additional programs, including birthday parties and rentals, as needed.
  • Attend PlayHouse staff meetings.
  • Follow and support all aspects of the Park District’s safety program.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned.


  • College degree is required. Degree in Education, Museum Studies, Art or Early Childhood Development a plus.
  • Experience in a formal or informal educational setting working with children 0-9 years of age. Previous experience in a museum or with customer service is a plus.
  • Must have excellent communication and customer service skills.
  • Experience or desire to work with a highly diverse audience in a busy atmosphere.
  • Must have experience or interest in working with children and families in an informal educational setting.
  • Ability to interact positively and spontaneously with visitors.
  • Knowledge of basic telephone and PC functions including Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to contribute to an atmosphere of teamwork and positive energy among staff and volunteers.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously with a minimal degree of supervision.


  • Stipend is $15,000 for one-year internship, to be paid in increments every 2 weeks.
  • Typical work hours are assigned and performed on weekdays, 9am – 4pm, but may include some evening and weekend hours. 28 hours per week.  Intern may also opt to conduct unpaid travel/research time with expenses paid for by the Park District up to $1,000.
  • Reports to the Education Manager.
  • This internship has a study/research component, which includes the opportunity to travel to other museums and meet with staff there, and / or attend regional conferences.
  • If you are interested in applying for this internship, visit our online career site at https://peoriaparks.aaimtrack.com/jobs/ Here you can apply for an internship by clicking on the General Park District Employment posting to specify the internship and complete an application.
The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum